Roy Black Joins NBC News as Legal Analyst

NEW YORK – September 17, 2002 – Roy Black, one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers and a frequent legal commentator, will join NBC News as a legal analyst announced NBC News President Neal Shapiro. Black will immediately begin his work with the networks of NBC, which include NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, while maintaining his full-time law practice.

“Roy’s insights and strengths as a trial lawyer have always proven to be extremely effective and beneficial to our coverage,” said Shapiro. “Having him on our team will be a huge advantage for NBC News with so many significant trials taking place in the near future.”

Black is the founding partner of Miami-based law firm Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, PA., which focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation matters. He represents clients around the country on charges including murder, drug smuggling, sexual assault, securities fraud, money laundering, Internet sex crimes, mail fraud and tax evasion.

Best known for his successful defense of William Kennedy Smith, Black also achieved notoriety by successfully defending Eller Media in charges stemming from the bus-bench electrocution of a 12-year-old boy in Miami and representing Albertson’s, Inc., when the state of Florida charged the Fortune 500 company with manslaughter in the death of a shoplifter. Most recently, Black was retained to defend former Worldcom CFO Scott Sullivan.

“I am eager to share my experience with NBC viewers around the world,” said Black. “Never before have we had so many high profile cases that have captured the public’s attention. It is important that the public sees and understands how the legal system works.”

Black was recently selected by his peers for the fifth consecutive edition for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2003-2004,” a widely used guide to the nation’s top legal talent. He is the author of “Black’s Law,” a book that recounts the strategies and tactics he employed to safeguard the freedom of four clients. He has taught advanced criminal evidence at the University of Miami School of Law for more than 25 years. In 1991, he was awarded the Dade County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Award and he has received the Nelson Poynter Award for voluntary representation of prisoners on Florida’s death row.

Prior to his private practice, Black served five years as a public defender in Dade County representing hundreds of indigent defendants in felony and capital cases. Black achieved the highest score on the Florida Bar Exam after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1970. He also earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami in 1967.